At a made-for-the-media event at a food bank in Charlotte that also featured State Budget Director Art Pope and DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos, the Guv made a big show of his concern for the poor by publicly releasing a whopping $750,000 to food banks. McCrory also made this remarkable statement: Read More…
This week’s nominee for weirdest press release of the weekend has to be Governor McCrory’s official Saturday statement (see below) that “not one penny” of public money will be used to fix up the bathrooms in the executive mansion.
Frankly, though the price tag does sound a tad steep (nearly a quarter-million bucks) I don’t have a big problem with keeping such an important public building in working order — especially if it has been decades since the bathrooms were last renovated.
What’s absurd, of course, is not that we (or someone) would invest in maintaining the mansion; it’s that McCrory, Pope et al. refuse to acknowledge that we also need to invest in other critical public structures. Let’s hope the Guv ponders this reality the next time he’s spending time in the mansion water closet.
Statement from the Office of Governor Pat McCrory Read More…
Today’s came when the Governor charged into the press room at the state Administration Building to read a four-and-a-half minute statement in response to the announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice that it would be adding North Carolina to the list of states it has sued in recent years for unlawfully suppressing voting rights.
While there was much in the statement itself that fell short — the Governor seemed, for instance, not to remember that his voter suppression law includes multiple provisions spread out over 49 pages and is about a lot more than just voter ID requirements – there were at least two other items about the event that had to leave observers shaking their heads:
#1 – The Governor took no questions from the media. To which all a body can say in response is “What the heck?” You summon the cameras and reporters all the way over to your office and then can’t even deign to answer a few questions? Obviously, the Guv has made no secret of his disdain for the media, but this is important stuff. The citizens have a right to know what their Governor is thinking and whether he really even understands what he is talking about. You’ll remember that in the past, the Guv announced he would sign the voter suppression bill before he’d even read the entire thing. Sadly, today, we failed to learn whether he had ever finished reading it.
#2 – The Governor, regrettably, appeared to tell another little white lie during his few minutes at the podium. Read More…
As Raleigh’s News & Observer reported yesterday, the executive director of the Pope-Civitas Institute, Francis DeLuca, has publicly apologized for last week’s blog post in which he criticized the the man who serves — technically anyway — as his chief funder’s boss (i.e. Gov. McCrory) for attending an event sponsored by minority economic development nonprofits.
Among other things, DeLuca said that:
“In talking about the event the Governor attended, I painted with too broad a brush by implying that an elected official’s appearance at an event involving organizations that lobby for state funds is tantamount to cronyism.”
In short, DeLuca admits that, as his group has long had a tendency to do, he got carried away with his conservative rhetoric. Good for him. Though imperfect and at times borderline incoherent (the apology features a new attack on N.C. Policy Watch for, it would seem, raising the issue of his initial attack in the first place) DeLuca deserves credit for admitting that he was wrong.
Now then, as long as he’s taken that important first step, here are just a few of several other things for which he should publicly apologize: Read More…
Another day, another wacky development at North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services. This morning’s news, of course, is the story reported by WRAL.com and Raleigh’s News & Observer that the department has hired yet another ideologue of questionable qualifications at a princely sum to perform vaguely defined duties.
It’s hard to imagine that either Secretary Aldona Wos or her boss Gov. McCrory can withstand many more weeks of the kind of dreadful public attention these amazing decisions continue to precipitate, but at this point, that doesn’t seem to be disssuading either one from the courses they’ve charted.
Stay tuned - it should be a fascinating fall political season.